There are several types of programs and exchanges with varying lengths and objectives that are designed to meet the diverse interests of students. Most UW Bothell student choose one of the following options:
One- to two-week opportunities that are part of a UW course or a special program.
Example: During Spring Break 2012, Linda Cung and Aaron Huston spent 16 days at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan, studying the connections between rural and urban communities and sustainable agricultural practices. The program included students from the US, Japan and Indonesia.
Three- to four-week trips led by UW faculty during the gap period between Summer Term B and Autumn Quarter.
Example: Each year, Dr. Leslie Ashbaugh spends mid-August to mid-September with a group of UW students in Zambia, examining urban and rural livelihoods in the country and how they are affected by international development aid.
Term-long programs, mostly taught in English, led by UW faculty. Dates correspond with UW term dates.
Example: During Winter 2013, CUSP professor Tasha Buttler is leading a Winter Abroad course in Porte Alegre, Brazil. Students will be introduced to the socio-economic and political history of Brazil and learn Portuguese.
Term-long programs, usually on the semester system, organized by other universities, study abroad providers, or foreign language schools.
Example: Community Psychology student Sarah Reeves is spending Spring Semester 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal, on a program run by SIT Study Abroad, focusing on Tibetan and Himalayan people. In addition to interdisciplinary coursework covering the history, politics and religion of the region, she will be learning Tibetan.
UW students attend regular classes at one of over 70 partner institutions abroad. Instruction is generally in the host country language. Most partners are on the semester system.
Example: Chelsea Boren, a Global Studies major, spent her junior year in Paris, France, studying at Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).
A great option for students who want to integrate academic credit with employment and development of professional skills.
Example: IE3 offers internships in a variety of non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and private companies.
Browse the Getting Started section of the International Programs and Exchanges website to read more about the various types of study abroad programs available.